Vintage Zuni Rainbow Man Squash Blossom with Natural Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, Jet and Spondylus Inlay
A superb one-of-a-kind piece, this rare vintage Zuni rainbow man squash blossom necklace with natural turquoise, mother of pearl, jet, and spondylus inlay is in exceptional condition. Re-strung onto a sturdy foxtail chain, the smaller rainbow man symbols are separated with hand-wrought silver beads and evenly spaced, culminating at the fully developed crescent rainbowman pendant. Circa 1940’s, this piece is highly collectable and a true treasure.
The Rainbow Man is a sacred Zuni guardian spirit identified with the life giving Summer rains and the colors associated after the rains. One of the first figures used in traditional Zuni mosaic inlay, it is often seen on war shields as a symbol of protection.
24″ around the neck
3 1/2″ length of pendant
2 1/2″ width of pendant